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Mmusi Maimane reacts to viral video of students smoking weed at school and calls for Angie Motshekga to be fired

  • One SA movement leader Mmusi Maimane wants Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga sacked
  • Maimane has called for his resignation after a viral video of school children smoking marijuana emerged
  • The political leader says the country needs a clear plan which is lacking and plans to overthrow the system

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GAUTENG – One SA movement leader Mmusi Maimane has slammed Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga and called for her dismissal after a video of school children smoking marijuana was recently shared on social media .

The viral video shows groups of Leondale High School learners dressed in uniforms smoking weed on school premises. Maimane took to social media to share his disdain for the video and learner behavior. He said the behavior seen in the video shows a lack of leadership.

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Political leader Mmusi Maimane called Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga after a viral video of learners smoking weed emerged. Image: Veli Nhlapo/Getty & @MmusiMaimane/Twitter
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“Dismiss this Minister of Basic Education immediately. How did we achieve this level of behavior in our schools,” Maimane shared on Twitter.

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He also shared that the country needs a clear plan which is lacking and plans to overthrow the system in less than five years. The video drew tons of attention with several calling out Maimane for blaming the education minister’s behavior.

Gauteng Education Minister Panyaza Lesufi said 36 of the learners seen in the video had been suspended. SchedulesLIVE reported that investigations are underway to find out who is selling marijuana to learners.

Social media react to viral video

@ElijahMhlanga commented:

“What? Behavior is taught at home. Schools don’t teach this kind of behavior. You make wena hilarious statements. Imagine firing a minister because some kids misbehaved. Please stop the jokes. Parents need to take responsibility.You always miss the mark.

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@Khensmamaloko wrote:

“It’s sad. I think it happens every day, why don’t teachers point this out?”

@Solwayo1 said:

“That’s what you get when you ‘spare the rod and spoil the kid.’ Education today is the opposite of the strict upbringing most of us had this century. So, what are you waiting for??You can fire the minister, but you won’t go back to the “good old days of discipline”.

@NogoboN posted:

“Learners are products of society. Their behavior is a reflection of social interaction with friends, relatives and significant others. Reducing this question to the Minister of Education alone makes me doubt your reasoning.

@MduMak said:

“Why the minister, who runs the school? Is it the minister or an incompetent manager? what about the parents? What is their role ? What kind of society are we becoming? Parents are meant to be a nucleus, from which discipline and acceptable behavior flow.

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@Wisdom273 added:

“Does the minister sell what he smokes? Parents have a lot of work, and they have to help the pastor and the educators to restore order brother… look at things beyond what is in front of you.

Stubborn high school students scatter class, drag each other, student jumps on teacher’s back in crazy video

In brief News also reported a little drama played out in a high school classroom when the kids scattered all over the place in what partly looked like a serious fight.

From what was gleaned from the video seen on Twitter, there was an enraged child who looked set to attack another child who was being restrained by his fellow students.

In the resulting turmoil, there was every man for himself as the two child combatants were held back. Desks and chairs were bumped into and pushed or knocked over. Meanwhile, in front of the class, there was an old man standing right in front of the blackboard. He looked like their teacher from the countenance on his face.

Source: News in Brief